The Shot Blok Experiments

01.6.2009 | 12:31 pm

In 2007, Margarita Shot Bloks were a big part of my Leadville 100 race plan. With all calories and the extra sodium, they seemed like a great idea.

If you go back and read my race report, though, you will find that this plan didn’t work out so well. After less than half the race, I found myself completely unable to eat this particular kind of Shot Blok without gagging.

The question, heretofore unanswered, is: "What happened to all those 2007 Margarita Shot Bloks, then?"

Well, they sat on the bike food shelf in my kitchen pantry (yes, I have a bike food shelf in my kitchen pantry. Don’t you?), deeply buried and sadly neglected.

Until now.

Over the Christmas break, I was cleaning house and discovered these Shot Bloks.


After the shudder of recognition passed, I took a look at the "Best if used by" date on the back of the package.

These Shot Bloks had indeed expired in December…of 2007.

Furthermore, they were now as hard as carbon fiber. And in fact they may make a decent carbon patching material, since they are clearly horizontally stiff, though I would definitely not call them vertically compliant.

Eating them was clearly out of the question. But since I had paid $2.00 for each of these bags (two of them), I didn’t want to just throw them away.

Very well, I thought to myself. Let’s use these Shot Bloks to contribute to the sum of human wisdom. Let’s conduct some experiments with them.

Experiment #1: Bike Tire Resistance

The most natural experiment to conduct with a severely hardened Shot Blok is to find out what happens to it when you ride over it with a bicycle. So I got out the trusty camcorder, put it on a tripod, and found out.

And, since I am a Very Thorough Scientist, I first used a control Shot Blok — a strawberry one — to see how a fresh Shot Blok reacts to being rolled over.

Though, now that I think about it, anyone who has been to a mountain bike race in the past 18 months already knows what Shot Bloks look like once they’ve been rolled over. In fact, the real trouble is getting the gunk cleaned out of your tread and drivetrain.

In any case, please take the time to edify yourself by watching the following video:

What do we learn from this? Several important things:

  • Expired Shot Bloks are impervious to bicycle tires
  • Non-expired Shot Bloks are squishy
  • Expired Shot Bloks could probably be cut into sharp, pointy shapes and used as improvisational tire shredders in my upcoming mountain biking action adventure movie script.
  • My neighbors now think I am a very strange person for setting up unidentifiable tiny objects and filming myself riding back and forth in the driveway on a sub-zero late afternoon.

Experiment #2: Resistance to Pressure

Clearly, these Shot Bloks are made of stern stuff, though this stern-ness clearly manifests itself mostly after its expire date.

But how well does an expired Shot Blok hold up under pressure?

(Procedural Note: I did not do a control version of this experiment because I knew that fresh Shot Bloks would squish right into the floor, and then I’d have to clean them up. Plus, fresh Shot Bloks are too expensive and delicious to waste four of them in such a manner.)

First, note how they are completely undeformed when a heavy (~20 pounds, give or take five pounds) wooden chair rests on them.


Next, note only the mildest deformation of the Shot Bloks when a 50-pound child sits on the chair.


It’s only when a vampire — my thirteen-year-old son, who only (willingly) arises at dusk — applies his supernatural weight (about 120 pounds), compounded with the chair’s weight (~20 pounds, still), that there’s any significant deformation of the Shot Bloks.


And here’s a close-up.


That’s about 40 pounds of pressure being constantly applied to the petrified Shot Blok, and it still doesn’t completely deform.

Afterward, in fact, they now look like rather expensive toffees.


Experiment #3: Shot Blok Burnination

The question you — a naturally curious student of the sciences — are bound to have is, "Well, how do they burn?"

The following video should help answer that question:

The astute viewer will glean many crucial gems of information from this video. These key learnings include:

  • For some reason, the hard Shot Bloks burn both sooner and brighter than the fresh Shot Bloks. The "sooner" part I attribute to the probability that old Shot Bloks have less water in them than fresh ones. the "brighter" part might be due to the extra sodium in the Margarita Shot Bloks. I’d have to conduct more experiments to substantiate these suppositions, however, and I’m probably not going to.
  • Burning Shot Bloks — whether fresh or old — smell almost exactly like burning marshmallows. Which leads me to conclude that marshmallows would probably make an awesome on-bike energy food.
  • Having a little torch like this is absolutely the best way to light fireworks on the 4th of July. Or to light anything, for that matter. Torches are just plain cool.

Experiment #4: Exploring Alternative Uses

Once a Shot Blok has metamorphosed into pure kevlar, what is it good for? Well, obviously as an awesome way to stop bullets, but it was simply too time consuming (and exceeded the Fat Cyclist insurance policy) to create a vest made out of Margarita Shot Bloks and test its stopping power.

What then might a packet of expired Shot Bloks be good for?

The answer is obvious, when you think about it:

Yes, dice. They look the part, and they’re certainly hard enough. Two minutes with a Sharpie is all it takes to make an excellent semi-biodegradable gambling device you can use out in the field.

By the way, I’m quite pleased with my Yahtzee turn in this video. Four of a kind with 6’s is very respectable.

Experiment 5: Edibility Test

All other experimentation is merely preamble to the final test of an ancient Shot Blok.

The real question I set out to answer — so you won’t have to try it yourself — is: are they edible?

As a scientist and also a fearless and handsome man, I hereby provide video evidence that they are.

Sort of. If you’ve got a while.

Three days have elapsed, and I am still picking Margarita Shot Blok (2007 Vintage) out of my teeth.

Questions and Next Steps

After conducting these (Very Important and Thorough) experiments, I still have questions.

  • Why are they hard? I have proved conclusively that expired Shot Bloks are indeed ridiculously hard. But why are they so hard? I don’t know of any other food product that transmogrifies so completely while sealed in its package, regardless of its expire date (and I eat a lot of expired food). Is this something Clif did just to be mean?
  • What’s next? I actually have one more package of 2007 Margarita Shot Bloks. What other experiments are desperately in need of being conducted?

I am happy to have informed and educated you.


  1. Comment by Big Boned | 01.6.2009 | 2:15 pm

    I am left to wonder what happens when subjected to blunt force trauma – can you hit one with a sledge hammer for me? I don’t have the patience to buy some and wait 2 years to find out…
    Big Boned

  2. Comment by Keith | 01.6.2009 | 2:31 pm

    But… will they blend?

  3. Comment by Woody | 01.6.2009 | 2:39 pm

    My favorite – “Daddy, the stick is on fire” said with absolutely no emotion, like Daddy sets things on fire every day!

  4. Comment by KanyonKris | 01.6.2009 | 2:40 pm

    Ballistic Resistance – Don’t make a whole flak jacket, just shoot the old and new Shot Bloks with a gun. (Should be as fun as the torch.)

    Biodegradability – Put an old and new Shot Blok in a patch of dirt and see what happens.

    Microscopy – Maybe something changed over time at the microscopic level to imbue the old Shot Blok with it’s super strength, and perhaps viewing it highly magnified would reveal the change. (I have a microscope at work [Bluffdale] if you want to try it.)

    This is important science, as I’m sure the Nobel committee will agree.

    I’m surprised you could chew it! Another super power?

  5. Comment by Aaron | 01.6.2009 | 2:45 pm

    Weaponry. How do the fresh, and old, compare when used as a weapon? I think a target, and a wrist rocket are in order. If you need a supply, I have a case of lemon-lime that expired in August.

  6. Comment by KanyonKris | 01.6.2009 | 2:48 pm

    I applaud your home schooling methods. Good way to get the kids interested and involved in science.

    You were really bored, weren’t you.

  7. Comment by Jamieson | 01.6.2009 | 2:50 pm

    @ Keith

    I agree – Will it blend?

  8. Comment by bikemike | 01.6.2009 | 2:51 pm

    NASA would like a word with you, kind sir.

  9. Comment by AJ | 01.6.2009 | 2:51 pm

    Have you thought about passing this on to Clif??? It might be great advertising!

  10. Comment by JC | 01.6.2009 | 3:00 pm

    Dissolving in acid test. We did this one in school, proving multi-vitamins don’t dissolve at all. Then my lab partner spilled the acid all over his chest, proving he only slightly dissolved in acid. It wasn’t a true test because we left the vitamins in for a long time and rushed the partner to the emergency shower right away.

  11. Comment by steve sax | 01.6.2009 | 3:03 pm

    Well, this can’t come as good news, what with you still picking Shot Blok pieces from your grill…

    But the truth has to come out, you know.

    The reason the Shot Bloks get hard is because they are not only crazy good race food, but they are environmentally friendly as well. Not because they are made without bad ingredients, or because they are not made in a sweat shop in China by slaves making four cents a day, or because they are somehow morally superior to other snack foods. No, Shot Bloks are actually good for the environment because they absorb toxic substances from the air.

    See, the expiration date is the perfect day to eat them, as they have absorbed the exact amount of toxic substances to make them balanced with your body’s existing level of toxic accumulation.

    How do they perform such an amazing task? It’s in the secret formula, of course. What happens after the expiration date? Why, they keep right on doing their patriotic duty and absorbing toxins, keeping the world safe for children and cyclists and other such fragile life forms.

    NEVER eat expired Shot Bloks. Unless, of course, that is one of your super powers. Sort of like Superman ingesting a bomb so it can explode harmlessly in his gut. Bravo, Fatty, for performing such a selfless and noble duty.

  12. Comment by TomE | 01.6.2009 | 3:23 pm

    You should send those dice to Vegas…always coming up six’es…..

  13. Comment by KitchenSink | 01.6.2009 | 3:50 pm

    From henceforth, at Leadville I can see shot blocks being toasted over the fire instead of marshmallows

  14. Comment by dug | 01.6.2009 | 3:57 pm

    hey science guy, stop asking “Why?” that’s not your job, that’s a whole different field of science.

    but keep burning stuff. and eating stuff on camera.

    the stanley tucci resemblance is just killing me.

  15. Comment by Lizzylou | 01.6.2009 | 4:20 pm

    “Daddy, the stick is on fire.”

    Laughed so hard I cried.

  16. Comment by Clydesteve | 01.6.2009 | 4:43 pm

    must… get…. more…. bandwith

  17. Comment by Clydesteve | 01.6.2009 | 4:46 pm

    BTW, the Yahtzee observation was value-added science. Great Job Fatty. Your girls are desitined to become scientific wizards with razor-like powers of observation.

    Your boy is not actually a vampire, BTW. Or did you capture a film image by some other scientific trick. You never cease to amaze.

  18. Comment by wing-nut | 01.6.2009 | 4:46 pm


  19. Comment by Tinkerbell57 | 01.6.2009 | 4:55 pm

    Mmmm…Shot Block Brûlée! (Thanks for the giant crack up)

  20. Comment by fatty | 01.6.2009 | 4:56 pm

    will it blend? yes, and i even have video. but it was too easy and uneventful.

    wing-nut: i love the microwave idea.

  21. Comment by longman | 01.6.2009 | 4:59 pm

    fatty…check this out…13 year old twinkies!…

    transmogrifed to the max!
    It’s amazing what you can discover on the web when recovering from hernia surgey

  22. Comment by longman | 01.6.2009 | 5:01 pm

    that would be ‘transmogrified’ Horse tranquilizers are great!

  23. Comment by Andrea | 01.6.2009 | 5:36 pm

    Am I seriously the only one who was not expecting Fat Cyclist’s voice to sound like that? It was completely the opposite of what I was expecting. I’m so stunned I can’t even comment on the experiment.

  24. Comment by the weak link | 01.6.2009 | 5:42 pm

    Give those blocks to the squirrels and watch them bury the suckers. They sure will be hosed when they come back and dig them up.

  25. Comment by Big Boned | 01.6.2009 | 5:46 pm

    Another thought…are they digestable? Maybe have the scientist amoung us (BOTCHED!) swallow a couple whole and see what the digestive tract can do with them.
    No video necessary on that one….
    Big Boned

  26. Comment by KanyonKris | 01.6.2009 | 5:53 pm

    dug – The resemblance struck me too. If Elden were evil he could concoct a plot to kill Stanley Tucci and take over his life. From these videos Elden has shown he has the acting skills.

  27. Comment by MikeonHisBike | 01.6.2009 | 6:01 pm

    Bill Nye the Science Guy’s got nothing on you. That was awesome. They could make safes out of that stuff.


  28. Comment by Linda | 01.6.2009 | 6:03 pm

    Try whittling one…perhaps in the shape of a clydesdale?

  29. Comment by Dorothy | 01.6.2009 | 6:25 pm

    I’d like to see how well they re-hyrate. They could then be cut up and used in a variety of recipes! I think they would be quite tasty in cookies, home-made energy bars, nutritious desserts… oh, the possibilities!

  30. Comment by kevine | 01.6.2009 | 7:00 pm

    Dude, one (new) word:

  31. Comment by fatty | 01.6.2009 | 7:21 pm

    andrea – most people don’t sound like i expect them to. i’m interested to know what you expected me to sound like. stanley tucci, perhaps?

  32. Comment by VA Biker | 01.6.2009 | 7:50 pm

    Aged Shot Bloks seem to be a comparable substitute for silica thermal tiles for the Space Shuttle as it goes out of commission in 2010. Could save a bundle instead of buying new ones. Better start the aging process now so they’re ready. Maybe they could go on the Orion system; who needs aerogel, eh?

    What about simple submersion in water? Not knowing the specific gravity of the Bloks now, you may have hold them under the surface. But how long will they take to re-hydrate? You could then get some durometer scales to quantify or more informally, push them with something and see their response over the duration of The Soak.

    Who’s got a Tinius Olsen machine for some compression/tension tests?

  33. Comment by swtkaroline | 01.6.2009 | 7:53 pm

    yes yes. Will It Blend?

  34. Comment by Dan O | 01.6.2009 | 8:28 pm

    You blinded me with science – to quote Thomas Dolby (remember the ’80s?)

    I’m a huge CLIF Bar fan, eat tons of ‘em. Never had a Shot Blok – kind of afraid now – just had some dental work done.

    Then again – some of those expired Bloks could be used for fillings. Think the kids would be up for that testing?

    Think of the money you’d save on dental bills.

  35. Comment by allison | 01.6.2009 | 8:29 pm

    Great post! I never have Margarita bloks around long enough for them to expire.

    FWIW, Clif SHOTS are good well past their expiration. They also don’t harden in the package.

  36. Comment by Sylvie | 01.6.2009 | 8:38 pm

    I am so impressed I am beyond words. The ‘Daddy the stick’s on fire’ made me snort tea out my nose, which was unfortunate.

    I’ve never bought Shot Bloks (being a uni student my expensive bike food is Fig Newtons, and that only on special occasions) but now I’m really curious. Also, why do you have a torch? Other than the sheer fantastic-ness of it?

    And I’m with Andrea. For some reason I thought you would sound like Stuart McLean. I don’t know why.

    Anyways, thanks for a really amusing evening.

  37. Comment by Wild Dingo | 01.6.2009 | 8:55 pm

    Hilarious! “expensive toffees”…you’re killing me. and owning a torch, ya, I can relate…or at least my husband can!

  38. Comment by Andrea | 01.6.2009 | 9:13 pm

    FC–I guess I was expecting something super hero-esque or machismo-laden. Or maybe announcer-like. You just sound like a normal guy. Not that that’s bad, just not what I was expecting. I’ll have to get used to it.

  39. Comment by Amy | 01.6.2009 | 9:17 pm

    Multivitamins don’t dissolve? That explains my mysterious weight gain over the years…

  40. Comment by Dustin | 01.6.2009 | 9:21 pm

    Great post. You’re one heck of a scientist! LOL

  41. Comment by Dobovedo | 01.6.2009 | 9:23 pm

    I’m shocked. And you were on the right ‘track’ with the very first experiment. Any kid over the age of six knows the first thing you do with any small hard object that needs to be broken, smashed or otherwise destroyed is head straight for the nearest train tracks!

    If a penny can’t derail a train, maybe a year-old Shot Blok can?

  42. Comment by cyclechic | 01.6.2009 | 9:41 pm

    Maybe eating stale cliff shot blocks would be a good thing on a long ride. Because it takes so long to chew sugar is getting into your blood stream at a slower sustained rate. Rather than getting one big jolt of sugar. Hmmm…

  43. Comment by SurlyCommuter | 01.6.2009 | 10:01 pm

    Hmmmm, since they burn – I would like to see if they float. If they float – I would like to see if they weigh the same as a duck.

  44. Comment by ChefJT | 01.6.2009 | 10:53 pm

    So many things to comment on and so little Space:
    Voice is fine…Don’t change it.
    Boy might really be a vampire…Notice the Red-Eye.
    It’s been said countless times but WTF…”Daddy the stick is burning” nearly wet myself.
    Twinkie guy was cool. BTW, try dipping frozen twinkies in pancake batter and deep frying them…YUM!

    “Wrinkles only go where the smiles have been” Jimmy Buffett

  45. Comment by James | 01.6.2009 | 11:24 pm

    “Daddy, the sticks on fire”. No fear, just quiet certitude. That’s what I call parenting! Happy New Year Fatty!

  46. Comment by DanD | 01.6.2009 | 11:40 pm

    I have to second the microwave radiation response testing suggestion.

  47. Comment by the other Jared | 01.6.2009 | 11:58 pm

    I second the bulletproof theory. If your not willing to try it send a couple 2 year old packs, and my friends and I will gladly test it….. We may even end up using them as actual bullets too :D The only question we’d ask is what caliber round you want us too put through it.

  48. Comment by Amanda | 01.7.2009 | 12:14 am

    I confess, I am a ghost reader–I read daily but never comment…until today. I am in tears from laughter. This made my day, though I guess that does not speak highly of me and my amusement level. ha ha ha! Thanks for a great end to a crappy day.

  49. Comment by Robert | 01.7.2009 | 3:02 am

    Just came across your website, have already getting addicted to it, such a great post this, you have made my day! looking forward ti follow you lot often!

  50. Comment by Grant | 01.7.2009 | 3:13 am

    I read “a fearless and handsome man” as “hairless and fearsome”… still works I reckon…

  51. Comment by RachelGio | 01.7.2009 | 6:59 am

    I put two expired shot bloks in my mouth as I started to descend the local mountain. Not only did it provide me with something else to do while I avoided being squashed by cars, suffered from first stages of hypothermia and dodged random road objects, but since it was 2! blocks, I nearly choked to death when they headed for my throat and nearly made an impervious barrier. I had to hack them up like a hair ball (I’m sure that was an interesting and ladylike thing to observe) and then continue to chew, whilst still descending. If only you could have posted this video last week and saved me and my fillings. Still, very entertaining.

  52. Comment by Michelle | 01.7.2009 | 7:19 am

    I have never laughed so hard in my life! The video of you chewing just cracked me up! I think you should see what happens if you microwave one of the old shot blocks – with water and without water and see what happens. I liked the fire too! ROFLMBO

  53. Comment by Shiny Flu | 01.7.2009 | 7:29 am

    Will they work as Brake Pads?

    Obviously not a discs, but surely you’ve (or can ‘borrow) a bike with V/Caliper brakes?

    Oh, and a quick afterthought… You may want to wear body armor if you do this.

  54. Comment by Shiny Flu | 01.7.2009 | 7:30 am

    oops that should be ‘on’ not ‘a’

  55. Comment by Shiny Flu | 01.7.2009 | 7:32 am

    oops No. 2 ‘you have’ not ‘you’ve’… sheez, what’s happening to my spelling?

  56. Comment by MOCougFan | 01.7.2009 | 8:21 am

    Dude…. do you care about your teeth at all? I could almost see fractures occuring as you chewed. Unless that is another of your superpowers you haven’t disclosed yet.

    Vintage FC. Love it.

  57. Comment by midwestmom | 01.7.2009 | 8:28 am

    When reading fatty’s posts I always heard Adam Carolla’s voice in my head. And I second the microwave test.

  58. Comment by FliesOnly | 01.7.2009 | 8:37 am

    Good experimental design…nice job. Maybe NASA should look into using expired margarita shot blocks as emergency replacement tiles for their shuttles.

    However, the most important thing I learned from your experiments is that your voice sounds nothing at all…not even remotely…like I thought it would sound.

    On a side note I just wanted to let you know that, based solely on your recommendation, when I did my first ever Mt Bike Race (Iceman) last November, I “utilized” margarita Shot Blocks…they were awesome!

  59. Comment by TomE | 01.7.2009 | 8:57 am

    Andrea…I TOTALLY agree with you on the “voice of Fatty”. For some reason I had in my mind that he would sound like James Earl Jones….

  60. Comment by Canadian Roadie | 01.7.2009 | 9:16 am

    I was disturbed by the fact that the Shot Bloks didn’t melt – at all. What holds them together? I was equally disturbed by the noise the expired ones made when they hit the table – like real dice! Then you put them in your mouth? Do you enjoy getting dental work?

  61. Comment by Mike | 01.7.2009 | 9:22 am

    Are there more industrial applications? Could rock-hard shot blocks replace gravel in concrete? How about providing a slightly more flexible layer underneath your driveway? I’ll bet it would prevent cracking.

  62. Comment by RobB | 01.7.2009 | 9:25 am

    The burnination was fantabulous.

    For a a great source of potential experiments (a bunch of laughs) check out the latest in Peep research at

    By the way your hypothesis on the brighter flame in the margarita case is almost certainly correct as the yellow color of the flame is definitely from sodium (I teach chemistry for a living).

  63. Comment by fatty | 01.7.2009 | 10:14 am

    re: my voice, what you heard was actually my announcer’s voice. in real life i sound EXACTLY LIKE STANLEY TUCCI.

  64. Comment by KC | 01.7.2009 | 10:20 am

    Boy, are your kids going to have stories to tell! Can hear them now, “Remember when Dad . . . .”

    I hope you have good dental insurance!

    thanks for my laugh of the day!

  65. Comment by larry | 01.7.2009 | 10:26 am

    OK I have to be the rain on the parade here.

    Your Yahtzee roll of 4 sixes is hereby declared null and void for using non-standard dice. The Shot Blok material is not the issue as it obviously provides a stable, if somewhat non-square platform. The issue is your numbering. Any gambler will tell you that the opposite panels of a standard die always add up to seven; 6 opposite 1, 4 opposite 3, you get the idea.

    Really, you should have known.

  66. Comment by mgr | 01.7.2009 | 10:40 am

    Put a few in a rock tumbler…Shot Blok jewelry?

  67. Comment by Charisa | 01.7.2009 | 11:35 am

    Can you do a bounce test? Drop them out of 3rd story window onto concrete or something fun like that?

    And I love “Daddy, the stick is on fire!” AWESOME!

  68. Comment by Philly Jen | 01.7.2009 | 12:01 pm

    So I guess we could say that you are carrying a torch for Margarita Shot Bloks?

  69. Comment by Steve | 01.7.2009 | 12:45 pm


    I’m guessing there’s not a lot to do in Utah in the wintertime.

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  71. Comment by Ron | 01.7.2009 | 4:24 pm

    Wow… you have a very comically shaped head. Sorry, not trying to be mean. I think you could be in the movies, as your face/head combination allows you to make some interesting “faces”.

    Your voice is not what I expected either.

    But I very much enjoyed “the show”. Your blog always makes me laugh (except when I cry).

  72. Comment by Maddy | 01.7.2009 | 4:41 pm

    “What impressive and flexible eyebrows you have, Elden” said Red Riding Hood.
    “All the better to star as the villain in silent films” replied The Fat Cyclist….

  73. Comment by Chad | 01.7.2009 | 6:16 pm

    elden was a man
    I mean he was a bicycle man
    or maybe he was just a bicycle

    but he was still, FATCYCLIST!

    Burninating the fresh shot blocks
    Burninating the really gross shot blocks

    And fat cyclist comes in the night!

  74. Comment by roadrash | 01.7.2009 | 8:32 pm

    That’s one of the funniest blogs I’ve ever read. I’m going to start aging my shot blocks for future experiments. They might become collectors items…

  75. Comment by Janet | 01.8.2009 | 12:49 am

    Smash ‘em under the garage door, see if you achieve major stickage. Or will the garage door think it’s got a kitten trapped under it and be magically repelled?

    I laughed, mostly because I thought “this guy with the super-mojo eyebrows, he’s the one that’s got me planning to do my first century ride and raise 1,000 bucks?”

  76. Comment by Ian Hopper | 01.8.2009 | 2:04 am

    Chad’s parody of Trogdor the Burninator cracks me up, and I suspect Fatty’s older kids are all Trogdor fans (my 4 year old has been able to sing “Trogdor” verbatim since he was 3). Like most everyone else (and as the parent of a 4 year old) I busted up laughing at the “daddy, the stick is burning” comment. My kid has watched me start huge fires before (no buildings or forest fires I assure you!) and he loves it when I break or destroy things: I think everyone enjoys their “inner Kali” now & again. I shared the surprise that many expressed at the timbre and pitch of Fatty’s voice… serendipitously, midwestmom’s comment about hearing Adam Carolla’s voice while reading blog entries pretty much nailed what I expected your voice to sound like Fatty!

    As you said Fatty, no one sounds like what you imagine when you read what they write. It’s one of the more curious human behaviors.

  77. Comment by Lance | 01.12.2009 | 2:59 pm

    At the height of my running, height being a relative term, I bought a box of Vanilla Bean GU. My running has been curtailed by my biking and recently I discovered the expiration date of 07/07 on the packs. I continue to use them. They haven’t changed in taste or texture. Just another data point for you.

  78. Comment by Andrea | 01.13.2009 | 2:37 pm

    I have watched the edibility test a million times so that I can hear you say the word “jam”. I can’t get over it!

  79. Comment by Scrawny Kayaker | 01.13.2009 | 3:34 pm

    Um, I suspect your neighbors had some interesting opinions long before this! Don’t you have grown men riding bicycles over teeter-totters in your back yard? Or is that Kenny’s yard?

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  82. Comment by Angie | 02.18.2011 | 10:51 am

    Elden, you crack me up!


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